Samsung has started mass manufacturing components for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4

Samsung has started mass manufacturing components for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4

Tech Highlights:

  • Samsung reportedly expects to ship 10 million units combined of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4 this year. The latter is a pocketable device that features a small outer display for messages and notifications. Whenever you need to make a call, open an app, or want to play a game, you flip the screen open to reveal a large smartphone-sized display (6.7-inches on the Galaxy Z Flip 3).

  • Whether you’ve chosen that this is the year to buy a foldable phone or you’re looking forward to replacing your current Galaxy Z Fold or Galaxy Z Flip model, Samsung has begun the process of developing the next edition of both of its foldable handsets. According to SamMobile, Samsung has begun mass manufacture of the essential components for each phone.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 will open from an external smartphone-sized display (6.2-inches on the Galaxy Z Fold 3) to a huge tablet-sized screen (7.6-inches, on the Galaxy Z Fold 3). While the Galaxy Z Flip is about having a device that easily sits in your pocket until a phone is needed, the Galaxy Z Fold is for those who would prefer to have a larger display at their disposal for watching streaming media, for work-related use, or for some other reason. Because the Galaxy Z Flip 3 was the more popular of Sammy’s two foldable models last year, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 could account for 70% of the company’s foldable phone production this year leaving the Galaxy Z Fold 4 to account for the remaining 30% of production.

If Samsung does ship 10 million foldable phones this year, such handsets will make up 1% of all smartphones delivered worldwide for the very first time. It could be an important watershed moment for foldables even as pricing still has a long way to decline before foldable handsets become more competitive when it comes to price. Component pricing needs to drop much more than it has and as years go by, it will. But for now, Samsung accepts a lower 15% profit margin on its foldable Galaxy Z phones than the 20% margin it targets with the Galaxy S line. By generating a lower profit margin on its foldables, Samsung can price these phones at a figure that is more acceptable to consumers.

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